The Young Professionals (YP) group is open to all water and wastewater professionals who are under the age of 35. This is a joint group between AWWA and Hawaii Water Environment Association (HWEA). This group offers a unique opportunity for YPs to get involved in the AWWA and HWEA organizations, network with peers in their field of work, and to continue their education. Our 2018-2019 Officers and Committee Chairs are:
Chair: Travis Ota
Secretary: Katherine Yoshimura
Past Chair: Alicia Nakano
Community Service: Brittany Cody
Social: Calvin Ing
Technical Training and Field Trips: Daniel Koge
Please contact Travis Ota at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be placed on the YP email list.
Upcoming YP Events:
Who: YPs and College Students
What: Summer BBQ. Go over this year’s plans with the rest of the YP. Introduction for new members/college students about our organization.
Where: Ala Moana Beach Park, 1201 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
When: August 24th, 2019 @ 10 am – 2 pm
Community Service Event:
Who: YPs and friends
What: We will be working with the Department of Land and Natural Resources and partner organization Hui O Ko`olaupoko to remove debris and invasive mangrove saplings from the levee canal shoreline adjacent to Kawainui Marsh, helping to restore the wetland bird habitat in Hawaii's largest wetland.
Where: Kawainui Neighborhood Park. 704 Kaha Street, Kailua
When: Saturday, June 1st, 2019 @ 9:00 am-12 pm.
Past YP Events:
September 15, 2018 (Saturday) - Field trip at Kapolei Hale for an event called “Tour De Trash” - touring H-Power, RRR Recycling Services, Hawaiian Earth Recycling and the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill. This educational tour will follow the paths of the green, blue and gray carts to their sorting, composting, and waste-to-energy facilities. Contact Travis at email above for details.
September 2, 2018 (Sunday) - BBQ at Magic Island to celebrate the “End of Summer”. All YP’s are invited and guests are welcome to join in on the fun. The event will be very “chill” so everyone can relax and enjoy their time in the sun.
August 4, 2018 (Saturday) - A few YP’s attended the annual Halawa Xeriscape Unthirsty Plant Sale; volunteering at the Water for People food booth, hosting rain barrel classes, or just helping set up and close down booths and tents. Although this was not an official YP event, it was great to have YP members volunteering for outside services to better the community and exposure for the organization.
June 2, 2018 (Saturday) - Outreach event at Turtle Bay Resort for 6th Annual North Shore Ocean Fest to celebrate World Ocean’s Day. A few YP volunteers helped at a booth talking to residents from the area about the use of septic tanks and cesspools and educated the public on Sewer Smarts.
See earlier Newsletters for more news and photos of other previous events!
Last Updated: 06/10/2019_JS